Author ~ Bey Deckard
Published ~ 15th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM
With middle-age looming, Greg offsets his boring day job with what truly feeds his soul: photography. The camera is an extension of himself where he exposes his passion for the intersect of pleasure and pain. However, the lens also acts as a barrier, protecting his subjects from the shameful mistakes of his past, and Greg is left isolated and lonely.
Emyr stands on the cusp of fame, but adulation and abuse are both eroding his confidence, and one night, at the river’s edge, he seeks solace in the rain, hoping to hide his tears.
The photographer and the virgin rock star share an accidental connection on that dark, drizzly night. When Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room, no strings attached, the young man should have bolted. Instead, an odd sense of trust allows him to follow Greg’s lead.
When the camera comes out, Emyr learns the stage isn’t the only place he loves to perform as Greg touches something inside him that rarely awakens. Faced with a beautiful, talented boy whose soul is as lonely as his own, will Greg be able to face his past and come to terms with it, or will he run from the connection he so desperately desires?
Considering the only other Bey Deckard book I’ve read was Max, a psycho-sexual horror/thriller about a homicidal psychopath and his doctor, Exposed came as quite a surprise. A sweet, kinky, romantic surprise and I absolutely loved it!
Greg is 43 and working a boring job. His passion lies in erotic photography, but that’s not what’s paying his bills. As far as relationships, his last was traumatic and he has been celibate by choice the past 4 years. He’s a sadist who has always been in D/s relationships but no longer trusts himself to dominate a partner. Emyr, at 23, is an up-and-coming star with a controversial song propelling his career and about to embark on a world tour. He is already feeling the pressure of people wanting things from him and spewing hate of the misinterpreted intent of the lyrics to his song. A chance meeting at a park bench between Greg and Emyr sets this story in motion. Their willingness to each take a crazy chance leads to an evening that is emotional, eye-opening and sexually charged but ultimately ends awkwardly. Luckily Emyr is not one to be easily deterred and he pursues Greg until the man finally gives in.
One of the things that got me so invested in the story and allowed their relationship to move somewhat quickly is the honesty between them. The two men communicate beautifully, although often Emyr seems to be the more adult thinker of the two, and there is one thing Greg has difficulty voicing. Greg still needs to work through the trauma he went through and he is trying to let go of the past so he can move forward with what could be the best thing to ever happen to him. Told from Greg’s point of view I really could feel the way Emyr broke through and how Greg’s ability to trust in both Emyr and himself slowly grew, deepening the relationship and allowing the kink they both craved to fully develop.
“You’re not being prudent with your image, Mister Rock Star,” I said in a low voice.
“Who cares? I don’t. Let them talk.”
“You’re young enough to be my son,” I pointed out.
“So, I’ll call you Daddy from now on.”
I loved the way the dynamic between them flowed naturally. Yes, it’s mostly Daddy/boy kink with Emyr submissive to Greg, but there isn’t a strict set of rules to the play. The daddy play seems to satisfy Greg but also results in the conflicting desires of wanting to hurt Emyr, but then again not wanting to hurt him, but Emyr wonders if Greg’s just holding back out of fear. Greg, who has always been quite sadistic when it came to his partners, finds a different way to satisfy his wants with Emyr that outshines anything he has felt or encountered before. But once again, Emyr is not to be deterred from getting what he wants. Emyr is that compelling mix of innocence with a raw sexuality that simmers underneath most times but comes out full force both when he is onstage and when he is with Greg.
I haven’t read much Daddy kink, but this on the lighter side and damn the scenes between Emyr and Greg were hot. As a personal preference, I always fear an “ick factor” with that kink, but I did not get that here at all. It was all done so well and the equality between the men outside of those scenes let me view it for what it was, an expression of the comfort and safety Emyr felt when he is with Greg and Greg’s desire to give Emyr anything he needed. Without spoiling anything there is one scene where Emyr turns the tables on Greg (with his permission of course) harkening back the first night they met, that highlights the trust, love and comfort that they give to each other regardless of that Daddy/boy dynamic that is so often in place.
I absolutely loved every moment of this story. It grabbed me from the get-go and I didn’t want to put it down. Sweet and kinky (with an age gap to boot!) is a win-win for me and Bey Deckard balanced it perfectly here. I wouldn’t say no to revisiting these two in the future if the author ever felt the need to write some more of their story - in fact that would absolutely get a "Hell Yeah!”.
Meet Bey Deckard
Artist, Writer, Dog Lover.
Born and raised in a small coastal town in northern Québec, Bey spent his early summers on his uncle’s boat and running wild on the beaches of the surrounding islands, lighting fires and building huts out of driftwood and fishermen’s nets. As an adult, he eventually made his way to university and earned a degree in Art History with a strong focus on Anthropology. Primarily a portrait painter and graphic artist, Bey sat down one day and decided to write about the two things that he felt most passionate about: sex and the sea. Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montréal with his best buddy, a spotty pit bull named Murphy.